Garmin Forerunner 645 Music Review Pros and Cons: GPS Running Watch with Contactless Payments and Music Playback

Huge annoucement from Garmin at CES 2018 is the launch of Forerunner 645 Music. Music functionality used to be a shortcoming of Garmin’s watches, but now it is no longer a weakness due to the new Forerunner 645 Music. So now I’m going to break down some remarkable features of Garmin Forerunner 645 and show you guys pros and cons of this watch.

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Garmin Forerunner 645 Music: Release Date

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music was official introduced on January 8st 2018 on Garmin’s website and at CES 2018. After about 5-8 weeks, it will come out and be available to order.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music: Price

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music will be expected to cost $449.99. It will be available in estimated 5-8 weeks and you can preorder it now in Amazon.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music: Design

When having a glance at the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music, you can recognize that it looks pretty similar to Garmin Vivoactive 3 in terms of design. This wearable is a bit thicker but lighter than Vivoactive 3. It got the same optical HR sensor as the Fenix 5 and Vivoactive 3. However, the screen is not too intense like Vivoactive 3. Garmin Chroma Display™ is easy to read — even in direct sunlight — and housed under chemically strengthened glass. It comes with nice steel bezel around the outside of the case.

Designed for runners, Forerunner 645 Music features a reliable five-button interface that lets you mark laps with a quick press. It has no touchscreen, which is a bit inconvinient while running. However, it seems to be easier to access physical buttons and operate while on the move.

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The strap is soft and interchangeable. Swapping bands is fast and doesn’t require tools, so you can easily add your own flavor to your watch.

As for color, you have two options with Garmin Forerunner 645 Music which are Black Colored Band and Cerise Colored Band and and two options with Garmin Forerunner 645 including Black Colored Band and Sandstone Colored Band.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music: Features

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music offfers a wide range of interesting features such as Music Store, Contactless Payments, GPS, exerices and advanced running metrics tracking.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music: Pros

Music Store

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Garmin Forerunner 645 Music brought a great new feature which is music capability. This is the first time in a Garmin product that it can be added music in the device ifself. It provides enough storage for about 500 songs which can be transfered from your computer or downloaded from iHeartRadio and Deezer. You can create a number of playlists and folders and switch between them on the watch. So, now you can listen to music on your earphone or flip the songs from the devices without the need of smartphones.

Garmin Contactless Payment

Do you want to make convenient payments with your watch even when you are running or training? You should try the Garmin contactless payment solution. This is the feature which is only offered in the Garmin Vivoactive 3 at first, and now you can experience it in the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music. It may enable you to pay for your purchases anywhere so that you can leave your cashs and cards at home.

Advanced running features

Forerunner 645 Music can measure crucial running metrics such as cadence, vertical oscillation and vertical ratio so that you can analyze your performance. It can track your distance and pace when you go cycling or even swimming. Your training and recovery will be monitored so that you can prepare better for a running or cycling set. It uses wrist-based heart rate to automatically evaluates your recent exercise history and performance indicators and show you how effective your training is and how your training is improving your ability to push the limits.

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GPS and VO2 Max

The built-in GPS may give you the ability to track running, walking and cycling sessions. It owns a heart rate sensor which has both GPS and GLONASS support to acquire more accurate distance measurement without the need to take your phone during the ride. You will also have VO2 Max in the Forerunner 645, like other high-end Garmin’s watches, to monitor your estimated VO2 Max and let you know your overall training load.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music: Cons

No Spotify and Pandora Music Integration

Spotify is something many people want but there are just a few wearables offering it, and Garmin Forerunner 645 is not the exception.

Battery Life

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music might last up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and 12 hours in GPS mode. There is no upgrade in the battery life compared to Vivoactive 3, even in GPS mode the Vivoactive 3 has longer battery life with 14 hours.

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Garmin Forerunner 645 Music: Final Verdict

Music Support and Contactless Payment seem to be the outstanding features of the Garmin Forerunner 645 music. If you are a runner who wants to leave your phone at home when going outside for training, it would be a wise choice for you. Moreover, it is really small and light which is suitable for who has small wrists or finds other Garmin’s products rough and unattractive.